The Command structure of an operation team is very important in the success of searching for missing people. A well organised team will consist of the following:

Search Manager has the overall responsibility for liaising with the Police Search Manager (PolSA) and coordinating the entire search activity and all the resources made available to them.

The Command structure will determine a strategy for the search and therefore the areas that need to be searched. These areas will then be allocated as search tasks to the various search teams at their disposal. This will involve the Search Operations giving each Team Leader a briefing of the Missing Person and the search task.

All operators are qualified to the Lowland Rescue National Standards within their given role.

Throughout the search activity the Search Manager must plan and direct all activities, responding to circumstances as they change and manage the Control Point, ideally with the assistance of a Search Planner and a Search Controller, although they are able to perform this function as part of their role.

The Operations must ensure that a de-brief is received from each Team Leader when they complete their search tasking as this will play a part in determining how the search will proceed.

Finally the Search Manager must ensure all associated search related paperwork is completed and passed to the Police.

Command & Operations Team

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